Shalini Nair


Death poor deterrent: Three per cent convictions, 94% accused know victims in child rape cases
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

The poor conviction rate in cases of child rape goes to show that death penalty - which comes at the sentencing stage, post-convictions — will mean little to a vast majority of the victims.

NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

After the Finance Ministry rejected the recommendations of two recent government panels, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no raises in 2018-19. Minimum farm wages are now higher in many states.

Dalit, women’s groups plan protests during PM Modi’s visit to Britain
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The Dalit groups, including Ambedkarite and Ravidassia organisations, state that they will voice their opposition to the recent changes of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Kathua rape-murder case: Maneka Gandhi proposes death penalty for rape of children below 12 years
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The minister, one of the few from the Narendra Modi government to break their silence on the issue, said that she would move a Cabinet note to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

Child rights body warns media against identification of a minor victim
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The notice adds that publication of photographs of rape victims or sexually-abused children is prohibited under section 74 (1) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

Disabled barred from Haj as they may go and beg, Centre tells Delhi High Court
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

The ban is applicable on all such pilgrims who go through the Haj Committee of India, a statutory body under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

SC/ST Atrocities Act: RPI(A) files review petition against Supreme Court order
Wed, Apr 11, 2018

The petition states that since the validity of Section 18 has been upheld by a division bench of the Supreme Court, it cannot be “altered or diluted or effectively over-ruled” by another bench of the same strength and hence the judgment is liable to be set aside on this ground alone.

Two SC/ST courts: 1,450 pending cases
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

Of 700-odd districts, merely 194 have the recommended exclusive courts for SC/ST Act cases. The Sunday Express travels to two such courts — one in Ahmedabad, set up after Una, and the other in Banda, a district with a high number of cases — to find a familiar story

How crowds were mobilised: bike rally, social media, meets, mass leave
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Part of the mobilisation process also involved releasing standardised leave application format to all SC/ST government, semi-government, and private employees so that they could officially state the reason for leave on April 2.

No hike in MGNREGA wages in 10 states
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

In the worst wage revision in the history of the rural employment guarantee scheme, that started in 2006, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no hike in their wages for FY 2018-19, according to the revised wage rates issued by the Union government.

SC/ST Atrocities Act: Dalit MPs meet PM Modi, no Central assurance on review petition
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Sources in the government said that although Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about a review plea, the matter did not come up for discussions in the two cabinet meetings since March 20.

BJP outs Karnataka poll date before Election Commission, probe follows uproar
Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Malviya’s tweet was pointed out to the poll panel while Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat was briefing the media on poll preparedness in Karnataka. Senior BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Bhupender Yadav and Anil Baluni rushed to meet the poll panel to clear the “confusion”.

Rising pendency, falling convictions: what data on SC/ST Act trials show
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Fewer than a third of India’s districts have the Special Courts mandated by the 1989 Atrocities Act; rape and assault on women form the largest chunk of cases registered under the Act

Supreme Court verdict on SC/ST Act: RPI(A) to file review petition, says Athawale
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

The apex court had on March 20 had underlined that “law should not result in caste hatred,” and ruled out automatic registration of FIR and arrest in complaint under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.

After MPs, 3 Ministers call for review petition against Supreme Court order on SC/ST atrocities Act
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

While the Supreme Court order was criticised by Dalit rights groups and even Dalit MPs from BJP as weakening the legislation, the Congress hit out at the government for the inept handling of the case by the Additional Solicitor General.

Behind Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act, Parliament panel report that felt existing laws are insufficient
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

The recommendation for acting against false complaints was not included by the ministry in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015.

SC/ ST Act: Same Supreme Court bench gave misuse argument for dowry law
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

The Supreme Court bench of U U Lalit and A K Goyal, which laid down stringent safeguards before registering a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Tuesday, took a similar line on the anti-dowry law last July.

Rights groups: ‘Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act will reverse gains’
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows reported crimes against SCs increased by 5.5 per cent in 2016 while crimes against STs has increased by 4.7 per cent.

Govt moves to undo UGC order shrinking quotas for university faculty
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

According to the new formula, first reported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, reservation in faculty positions will be calculated department-wise, instead of being based on the total posts in a university.

No quota provision under OBC in transgenders Bill
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Last year, a Parliamentary committee too had criticised the Bill for not dealing with the issue of reservation for transgender persons under the OBC quota.